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8-The Second Base Rule---By Fritz Outman


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"The Second-Base Rule", which is original to Outman Methodology™ for Pitching a Baseball on the Vertical Plane and Fritz Outman as its source , has two parts.

The first part of "The Second-Base Rule" applies to the glove-side of the body of the pitcher and the second part of "The Second-Base Rule" applies to the pitching-side of the body of a pitcher.

To the detriment of velocity of, command over and movement of the pitched baseball on its flight to the catcher and to the further detriment of the physical health of the elbow of the pitching-arm and of the pitching-shoulder, baseball pitchers routinely, habitually and unknowingly significantly under utilize the glove-side of the body. 

Furthermore, even though, in pitching a baseball, the natural, intuitive tendency is to focus effort and exertion on utilization of the pitching-side of the body, nevertheless, the pitching-side of the body (owing in great measure to under utilization of the glove-side of the bodyis also under utilized, though not as under utilized as is the glove-side of the body.

Under utilization of the glove-side of the body is primarily in consequence of ignorance relative to the following:

a) The environment in which the human physiology pitches a baseball, 

b) The inescapable workings of the physical laws that govern the environment within which the human physiology pitches baseballs, and

c) The functioning of the human physiology while pitching a baseball within our inescapable physical-law governed environment, which, taken together, translate into the inefficient employ of the glove-hand and glove-arm and of the glove-side muscles of the body, which, as noted above, negatively effects utilization of the pitching-side of the body. 

The First Part of "The Second-Base Rule": The Glove-Side of the Body

In reference to the glove-side of the body, "The Second-Base Rule" requires that, having trailed the descent of the front pivot-Leg downward toward the ground, the glove-hand, glove & glove-arm are rapidly swept rearward of the glove-side of the body as though the pitcher is attempting to strike, to deliver a blow to an imaginary someone standing on second base, which action a) assists in clearing the glove-side of the body of pitching from the path of the pitching-side of the body (consistent with obeying the physical law that no two objects of matter can occupy the same space at the same time)b) facilitates rotating and accelerating the pitching-side of the body of the pitcher in the direction of the catcher and c) contributes to so-called "Scapular Loading". 

Furthermore, the conscious intent, the mental image of rapidly sweeping the glove-hand, glove & glove-arm rearward of the glove-side of the body of the pitcher and all the way to second base triggers the brain maximally and fully to employ the muscles involved both to create and to exploit the maximum physical space through which accelerating force can be produced.

The glove-side Oblique Abdominal muscles, the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle and, ultimately, the lower aspect of the glove-side Trapezius muscle are employed primarily in the process of accomplishing rapidly sweeping the glove-hand, glove & glove-arm rearward of the glove-side of the body of the pitcher and all the way to second base, figuratively speaking, as part of Rotational Acceleration.

The Second Part of "The Second-Base Rule": The Pitching-Side of the Body

In reference to the pitching-side of the body, "The Second-Base Rule" requires the action of executing "follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher to be undertaken as follows: deliver the pitching-Hand (with baseball) to the highest vertical point possible, followed by attempting to project the pitching-Hand (with baseball) into the catcher's mitt followed by downward to the ground and, then, to second base (figuratively speaking).

The following muscles, in order, on the pitching-side of the body of the pitcher are primarily employed in the process of accomplishing "follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher:  Oblique Abdominal muscles, Latissimus dorsi muscle, Serratus Anterior muscle, Pectoral muscles, muscles of the Internal Rotator Cuff of the pitching-shoulder, Triceps muscles (of the upper-arm of the pitching-armand Flexor muscles (of the forearm of the pitching-arm).

The conscious intent, the mental image of executing "follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher to second base rather than to the catcher triggers the brain maximally and fully to employ the muscles involved both creating and exploiting, thereby, the maximum physical space through which accelerating force can be produced and achieving the maximal physical rotation of the body of the pitcher in the direction of the catcher before the baseball is released from the hand of the pitcher, which exerts a direct and proportional influence on the amount of rotation imparted to the baseball by the fingertips of the pitching-hand on release of the baseball and, thereby, the quality of movement (degree of movement, sharpness of movement and nearness to the batter of that movement) the pitched baseball exhibits on its flight to the catcher.

Executing the second part of "The Second Base Rule" will deliver the pitching-hand significantly in the direction of second base after release of the baseball from the pitching-hand.


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